Kentucky Faces Lawsuit Over Bloated Voter Rolls

Judicial Watch alleges 48 counties in the state have more registrants than voting-age citizens

Judicial Watch announced Wednesday that it is suing the state of Kentucky, alleging that the state and 48 counties have more registered voters than citizens 18 and older.

The Bluegrass State was one of 12 that Judicial Watch recently threatened with a lawsuit. The organization noted that the National Voter Registration Act and the Help America Vote Act require states to regularly clean their voter rolls.

“Kentucky has perhaps the dirtiest election rolls in the country,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a prepared statement. “Federal law requires states to take reasonable steps to clean up their voting rolls — and clearly Kentucky hasn’t done that. Dirty voting rolls can mean dirty elections. This lawsuit aims to ensure that citizens can have more confidence that elections in Kentucky won’t be subject to fraud.”

Representatives for Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes did not respond to inquiries from LifeZette. But spokesman Bradford Queen told Fox News that Judicial Watch is a “right-wing organization masquerading as a citizen advocacy group” and accused the organization of trying to make it harder for people to vote.

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“We are confident the facts will prove Kentucky is following the law and doing its due diligence to protect voters’ rights and franchise,” Queen told Fox News.

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Judicial Watch, which filed the lawsuit in the federal court in Lexington, stated that it identified the suspect counties by comparing voter registration data with population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

“Whenever a jurisdiction has more voter registrations than individuals old enough to register — in other words, a registration rate exceeding 100 percent of adult residents — it is a strong indication, recognized by federal courts, that the jurisdiction is not taking the steps required by law to remove the registrations of ineligible registrants,” the civil complaint states.

Judicial Watch contends that Kentucky is one of three states where the active registration rate exceeds 100 percent of the voting-eligible population.

“Kentucky leads every other state in the nation in the number of counties in which total registration exceeds the citizen voting-age population,” the complaint states. “Specifically, the number of voter registrations exceeds the number of age-eligible citizens in 48 Kentucky counties, or 40 percent of all Kentucky counties.”

The suit also alleges that Kentucky has failed to comply with a law requiring states to disclose to the federal Election Assistance Commission the number of inactive voters on the rolls. The complaint alleges that the state has failed to report the number of letters it has sent asking citizens to confirm their home addresses.

Other alleged violations include a failure to keep registration-related records and to make them publicly available upon request, according to the group.

Bloated voter registration rolls are an indication that Kentucky is failing to remove voters who move or die, Judicial Watch argues.

Related: Pennsylvania Asks: Why Are Noncitizens on Our Voter Rolls?

The lawsuit seeks a ruling from a judge that the state is in violation of the law and instructions to develop and implement a program to clean voter rolls of ineligible voters.

Kentucky is not the first state that Judicial Watch has targeted over dirty voter rolls. The group previously filed suits that prompted Ohio and Indiana to take steps to clean up voter registration lists And Judicial Watch has a pending lawsuit against Maryland and its largest jurisdiction, Montgomery County, over failure to release documents covered by the National Voter Registration Act.

Robert Popper, senior attorney and director of Judicial Watch’s Election Integrity Project, previously served as deputy chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and recently testified before the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

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